Hero Awards Banquet
On Thursday, April 21, I was privileged to attend the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio’s 49th Annual Hero Awards Banquet held at the Pinnacle in Maumee, Ohio. Recognition was given to over 60 persons who aided others in need in 37 different emergencies, including two Sylvania police officers.

The two Sylvanians honored were Officer Philip Gallup and Officer Andrew Thompson. They each received a Certificate of Appreciation for helping to save the life of a Sylvania resident on June 14, 2015.

The officers were dispatched to the 5700 block of Glasgow Road to investigate a vehicle that had hit a fence and come to rest in the front yard of 5735 Glasgow Rd. The driver, Tracy Stykemain, was hunched over the center console and was unresponsive. Multiple attempts to wake her were unsuccessful.

Officer Philip Gallup, Tracy Stykemain and Officer Andrew Thompson at the Hero Awards.
Officer Philip Gallup, Tracy Stykemain and Officer Andrew Thompson at the Hero Awards.

A pulse could not be found and she was in cardiac arrest. The officers removed her from the car and administered CPR. Two AED shocks were given until EMS personnel arrived.

Tracy did survive and the two officers are credited with providing a critical part of her chain of survival. I met her during the Awards Banquet and she credited the officers with saving her life. Our deepest thanks and appreciation go to Officers Gallup and Thompson.

This story was only one of many reported at the Hero Awards Banquet. I have attended this Banquet many times in the past, and I can report this is the third time Officer Gallup has received a life-saving award.

Over the years there have been several other Sylvania police officers and firefighters who have received awards. I thank and congratulate all of them. Our Sylvania community is safer and better as a result of the work all our professional safety personnel do every day.